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San Jose Mission.--On the right bank of the San An-
tonio River, about four miles below San Antonio, stands
the most beautiful of all the missions-San Jose (san ho-
sd') de Aguayo. This mission was founded (about 1718)
by the famoqs Father Margil, who, dying before its com-
pletion, was buried amid the tears and sobs of the people,
in the City of Mexico. The carvings and statuary which
ornament the front of San Jose are the work of a Spanish
artist, Huicar (wre-kar), who devoted many of the best
years of his life to this work. The south window of the
baptistery is considered by good judges the " finest gem of
architectural ornamentation existing in America to-day; its
curves and proportions are a continual delight to the eye."*
The mission was val-
ued at $40,000; the
records show that down
to 1762 there had been
baptized at San Jose
In 1731 Concepcion, the
best preserved of the
missions, was founded
two miles below San An-
tonio. Its twin towers,
- 02c ltSISW its picturesque dome, its
front gateway so curiously decorated, its quaint legends, all
make this mission one of peculiar interest. The front of
* See William Corner's "San Antonio de Bexar," page 17,
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Pennybacker, Anna J. Hardwicke. A new history of Texas for schools : also for general reading and for teachers preparing themselves for examination, book, 1895; Palestine, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2388/m1/30/: accessed November 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .